GOVERNOR ENVISIONS ROAD TO RECOVERY - NJ OPENS IN PHASES

Live help on COVID-19 information is available. Speak to a healthcare professional at 1-800-962-1253. For general information & basic needs, dial 211. For alerts/updates, text NJCOVID to 898-211.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you would like to receive texts regarding updates and alerts as it relates to COVID-19, please text "NJCOVID" to 898-211. 

This state website was created to answer questions about COVID-19 and offer fast links for commonly requested services, such as, but not limited to the following:

To anonymously report unlawful hoarding of medical supplies and/or price gouging of medical supplies, call (866) 720-5721 or email disaster@leo.gov. 

To lodge a complaint against a long-term care facility, hospital, or any health related practice call the NJ Department of Health complaint hotline at 800.792.9770 or submit it online.

See a listing of current Short-term Resources including food distribution events and delivery assistance, county services, financial aid, mental health support, and more. This list changes daily so check back often. If you have a resource you would like to add, send it to covid19@nj211.org.

Established Coronavirus Test Sites and Contact Tracing

Testing sites are now open. Find information about FEMA sites and public sites here. Many other local private testing sites are now open. Contact your healthcare professional to be directed to a location in your community or search our listing of short-term resources for a test site near you. Individuals who are undocumented or uninsured are eligible for testing as well.

Many sites are limited to seeing only those who are showing symptoms of the virus currently or have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. Take this self-assessment test to see if you have symptoms commonly associated with this virus.

Next Steps After Testing:

  • Getting your test results is dependent upon where you went for testing. New Jersey's COVID-19 website explains how best to access these results. Go to this page and click on the question: "I was tested for COVID-19. How do I get my results?"
  • Here's what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 (Spanish version)
  • Here's what to do if you test negative for COVID-19 (Spanish version)
  • People are recovering! Follow basic guidelines as your health improves.

Contact Tracing

Once a person is known to have tested positive, it is essential that those whom they've been in contact with be notified. New Jersey is now accepting registration forms from people who would like to work as contact tracers. Find out more here.

Current News from State Officials

Daily Briefing from Governor Phil Murphy - June 1, 2020 at 2:30pm
Read or listen to his May 29, 2020 briefing here.

May 30 - NJ DCF Announces Safety Guidelines to Reopen Childcare Centers Read the press release.

May 30 - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing Resumption of Child Care Services, Youth Day Camps, and Organized Sports Over the Coming Weeks Read the press release.

May 27 - New Jersey Department of Education Provides Guidance on Commencement Ceremonies Read the press release.

May 26 - Governor Murphy Announces that Modified In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Can Begin on July 6 Read the press release.

May 26 - Governor Murphy Announces Authorization of Practice and Competition for Professional Sports Teams in New Jersey Read the press release.

May 22 - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Increasing Capacity Limit on Outdoor Gatherings Read the press release.

May 22 - New Jersey Launches PPE Supplier Registry to Facilitate Access to COVID-19 Protective Gear Read the press release.

May 20 - New Jersey to Launch Online Grocery Shopping for SNAP Recipients Read the press release.

May 20 - Governor Murphy, Walmart, and Quest Diagnostics Announce Partnership to Expand Testing Capacity in New Jersey Read the press release.

April 27 - Governor Murphy Announces “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health" Read the press release. Download the one-page document illustrating New Jersey's recovery plan. Read a more detailed plan as it evolves.

Keep up with government actions being implemented to help the public by reading other press releases issued from the Governor's Office.

    Call Line Opened to Answer Questions

    Live assistance regarding COVID-19 information is available. To speak with a health care professional, call 1-800-962-1253 and for general information and resources for basic needs, dial 211.

    Mental Health in times of Crisis

    Uncertainty and concern for our own health and livelihood, along with the well-being of those we love and our community at large is a very stressful thing to live with. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, grief or feeling overwhelmed; or you know someone who is suffering in this way, look to our mental health page for resources that can help. We've included many of New Jersey's helplines and hotlines, resources that will help you connect with people you can talk with about how you are feeling as well as virtual support groups that are being held.

    Get News on COVID-19 from Authoritative Sources

    In order to obtain the most accurate information on this virus, it is essential that people refer to trusted voices of authority. Please visit the websites of the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the World Health Organization (WHO) for more information. This is a rapidly changing situation and additional information will be provided as it becomes available. 

    This video from the World Health Organization (WHO) answers many common questions about what the virus is, where it originated, and how it spreads.

    The CDC is tracking cases of COVID-19 in the US. See the US Cases, Maps and Stats (updated at noon Monday-Friday).

    Find your local public health department.

    News and Resources for Personal Matters

    News from Governor Murphy and his Team - Every day except Sunday Governor Murphy and other leaders host news conferences and publish briefings to keep New Jerseyans aware of what is being done. (See Governor Murphy's Official YouTube Channel) Keep up with government actions being implemented to help the public by reading other press releases issued from the Governor's Office.

      COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment - The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, contains provisions that support individuals and small businesses in a number of ways. The distribution of personal economic impact payments have begun and are being distributed automatically, with no action required from most people. 

      Tax filers with an adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return. 

      The CARES Act also expands unemployment benefits and offers help to businesses. Learn more here.

      Applying for assistance with basic needs - Our state has an online application and screening tool that can be used to find out if you are eligible for food assistance, cash assistance and government health insurance. Learn about NJHelps.

      The DCAid website will allow you to go through a screening process to see if you are eligible for the NJ housing assistance programs, utility assistance, homelessness prevention services, and others.

      Immigrant Access to Services - In New Jersey, we want to make sure you and your family have access to affordable groceries and health care without fear. The new Public Charge final rule from the federal government may apply to you, and this quick guide can help you make informed decisions for your family.

      Child Care Assistance for Essential Workers - The state has launched an Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) to help support child care costs when a parent or guardian is an essential employee (as defined by Executive Order No. 110), regardless of your income. If you meet the definition of an essential employee and have child care needs, you can find more information and register here

      Education - All schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. For further updates visit the NJ Department of Education website. The Department of Education has provided resources to help parents and students, specific student populationseducators, and administrators stay prepared, healthy, and safe.

      Emergency Relief Fund - United Way of Northern New Jersey created the ALICE Recovery Fund, in partnership with United Way of Hunterdon County to address emerging needs of ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These households struggled to afford the basics of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation even before COVID-19 hit. The Fund is open solely to the residents of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties, as well as Suburban Essex which includes the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona. Details here.

      Food - Individuals who already receive NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) benefits will receive an extra benefit payment in May to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this in English/Spanish. Assistance will also be given to families whose children receive free and reduced price breakfast and lunch during the school year, even if they are not receiving SNAP benefits. Read more about this here. Starting May 27 SNAP recipients will be able to use their EBT card of online grocery shopping at some locations. To see if you are eligible for food assistance and to apply for NJ SNAP, go to NJHelps.

      Legal Services - The statewide system of Legal Services of New Jersey is open for business during regular hours as their staff continues to provide services remotely. If you are a client seeking assistance with a civil legal matter, you may file an application online or call their toll-free Hotline at 1.800.576.5529 (8:00am-5:30pm.) Find information and updates about government benefits, court closings and other legal matters related to COVID-19 here. Find contact information for your regional office here.  Read their most recent newsletter with articles on NJ family leave, expanded paid family and medical leave, NJ SNAP, and more.

      Motor Vehicle Services - All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities remain closed to the public as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, inspection stickers, and temporary tags expiring before May 31 have been extended to July 31. Documents expiring in June or July are extended by two months. Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online.

      Social Security Services - To find out what services are continuing and which ones are being suspended, how to contact your Social Security office, and important information about deadlines that are being extended in an effort to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic visit this page of their site.

      Tax Assistance - The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the Coronavirus-19. This page will be updated as new information is available.  The tax filing deadline for federal and state taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.

      Employment Safeguards, Unemployment Benefits and Help for Businesses

      On March 21, 2020 Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107 which mandated that everything other than essential businesses be closed and that all but essential workers stay home. The impact that this had on personal and business finances cannot be overstated. Learn what is being done to help NJ residents and business owners.

      American Red Cross Thanks You

      Thanks to the many individuals who gave blood and scheduled upcoming appointments, the American Red Cross has been able to meet immediate patient needs. This being said, an ongoing need for blood remains amid coronavirus uncertainties. During this difficult time, we encourage individuals to keep scheduled blood donation appointments if possible and to make new blood donation appointments for the weeks and months ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic. Thank you to all of the New Jersey blood donors and blood drive hosts who are helping and to all who will be. 

      Statewide Short-term Resources

      Included in this section, we will post resources as we hear of them that are very temporary in nature. For all other resources, please access our database to search for active resources. You will find a search bar at the top of every page and on our home page. Our resource database has over 10,000 programs and services that help people with basic needs like food, shelter, affordable housing, utility assistance, healthcare and more.

      Hotline for Diabetes Emergency Kit - The Diabetes Foundation has opened a hotline for individuals living with all types of diabetes to receive a free Emergency Backup Kit.  Anyone needing  this can apply to receive one by visiting the Diabetes Foundation website or calling 973-849-5234.

      Short-term Resources

      Included in this section, are resources within a county or town that are very temporary in nature. For all other resources, please use our resource database to search for active resources.

      Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren
      Passaic
      Salem
      Somerset
      Hunterdon, Somerset
      Middlesex, Somerset

      Food Bags and Hygienic Items Distribution

      Location

      1320 Hamilton St
      Somerset, NJ
      Phone: 732.509.9143
      Open:

      Schedule of operation is based on the first letter of your last name.
      A-G: 1st Tuesday (4 pm-6 pm)
      H-Q: 2nd Tuesday (4 pm-6 pm)
      R-Z: 3rd Tuesday (4 pm-6 pm)

      Open to All: 4th Tuesday (4 pm-6 pm) &
      Last Saturday of the month (10 am-12 pm)

      Sussex
      Union

      County COVID-19 Page

      Special instructions:

      Please note: Union County government websites cannot be accessed through Chrome web browser. Try Internet Explorer.

      This site has been created by county government officials and offers county-specific test site locations and procedures, announcements and resources.

      Union County Municipality Websites

      Special instructions:

      Please note: Union County government websites cannot be accessed through Chrome web browser. Try Internet Explorer.

      This website provides links to municipalities throughout the county where you may find announcements regarding school district closings, curfews, event cancellations, changes to parking regulations and other municipal services.

      Daily Lunch Distribution

      Location

      Gerald B. Green Plaza
      201 Madison Ave
      Plainfield, NJ
      Open:

      Monday - Friday 11:00AM-1:00PM

      Special instructions:

      Distribution will take place at thr corner of Park Ave and Front St

      Open to Plainfield residents, with proof of residency

      Warren